Campus-Wide Event Focuses on Learning

On Feb. 19 & 20, the Bronco Student Center's Ursa Major will literally overflow with exhibits that showcase learning in action at Cal Poly Pomona.

More than 60 displays highlighting a variety of research projects and programs will be presented during the inaugural Achieving Our Mission: Stories of Successful Learning.

“It's our hope that when people come to this event, they see the vibrant and diverse learning taking place at Cal Poly Pomona,” says professor Nancy Page Fernandez, who is director of the Interdisciplinary General Education Department and a member of the event planning committee.  

Concurrently, the Student Research & Creative Activity Poster Competition will take place. About 20 presentations will be displayed in this competition hosted by the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs.

Stories of Successful Learning is designed to give the campus community a better understanding of educational effectiveness and how Cal Poly Pomona aspires to achieve its mission and learning outcomes as a learning-centered university. This event aims to bolster a campus culture of inquiry, evidence and improvement – which are the core of learning centeredness.

To emphasize the goal of the event, a special panel presentation on “Becoming a Learning-Centered University” will be held Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. The panel will be comprised of staff and students from Cal State Northridge, who have implemented the learning-centered approach at their university. A reception will follow the discussion.

The 60-plus exhibits, which each have a component that highlights its educational effectiveness and learning outcomes. Several poster presentations focus on teaching and learning techniques such as universal design, hybrid learning and tutorial methods.

Several students and faculty members will also present research projects. Some of those topics include developing gluten-free and allergen-free snacks; the cultural influence of Japanese American churches in Southern California; and educating communities about the use of alternative fuels such as biodiesel.

Also on display will be numerous university programs such as the Office of Alumni Affairs' Bronco Mentoring Program, which connects current students with alumni through an online portal.

On Feb. 19 at noon, there will be a demonstration of the Ethics Bowl, which is a debate competition about ethics.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Stories of Successful Learning will run from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. On Wednesday, Feb. 20 the event will be open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Each day a light lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

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